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Germany isn’t banning Huawei from its 5G network, but Sweden still could

The German government will not prevent any networking vendor from being used in the country’s 5G network but the Swedes may not be so accommodating.

Scott Bicheno

October 14, 2019

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Germany isn’t banning Huawei from its 5G network, but Sweden still could

The German government will not prevent any networking vendor from being used in the country’s 5G network but the Swedes may not be so accommodating.

The German news comes courtesy of Reuters, which attended a press conference in which the government announced the results of its security review. “We are not taking a pre-emptive decision to ban any actor, or any company,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert is quoted as saying.

As the biggest European economy and effective leader of the European Union, Germany’s decision has a symbolic significance beyond just going against the wishes of the US. Germany and the EU are effectively declaring their independence from the US on geopolitical matters and asserting their desire to make decisions based solely on their own interests.

Opinion is still divided across the broader bloc, however, with Swedish publication SVT reporting on a proposed new law that will allow Huawei and other Chinese vendors to be blocked from the country’s 5G network. The law seems to only be at the proposal stage right now, and all manner of conflicting political interests will be brought to bear on it, but if it goes through the matter of China and 5G could end up being a major schism within the European Union.

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Scott Bicheno

As the Editorial Director of Telecoms.com, Scott oversees all editorial activity on the site and also manages the Telecoms.com Intelligence arm, which focuses on analysis and bespoke content.
Scott has been covering the mobile phone and broader technology industries for over ten years. Prior to Telecoms.com Scott was the primary smartphone specialist at industry analyst Strategy Analytics’. Before that Scott was a technology journalist, covering the PC and telecoms sectors from a business perspective.
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